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Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

The week in wines & spirits

The week in wines & spirits

Following on from his predictions for the first six months of 2016 for the wine category earlier this month, Chris Losh continues here, with the second and final part of his look at what he feels will shape the wine landscape in the year ahead.

Bacardi has attacked the US authorities for granting licence for Pernod Ricard to renew its registration of the Havana Club trademark in the country, with Bacardi maintaining that it is "the legitimate owner of the brand".

Lower-alcohol wines posted solid growth in North America last year but France remains sceptical of a category that is yet to connect with consumers, a new report has said.

A top Diageo executive has attacked a US alcohol pressure group, accusing it of "scaremongering" and of being a "propagator of junk science".

The economic turmoil in Russia and Ukraine in 2014-2015 echoed across neighbouring CIS countries in terms of devaluation, leading to a down-trading trend in these markets. What at first glance would appear to offer negative prospects, however, has potential opportunities.

Treasury Wine Estates has said it expects operating profits for the first six months of its current fiscal year to come in ahead of analyst consensus.

Hunter Laing & Co is the latest company set to build a new Scotch whisky distillery on the western island of Islay.

Remy Cointreau has posted a strong Q3 to lift nine-month sales as Cognac continues to improve.

Australia's wine exports hit their highest value level for eight years in 2015, according to official figures released earlier today.

In a trading update today, Remy Cointreau posted an 8% lift in reported sales for the nine months to the end of December. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's sales performance by brand in the year-to-date.

Remy Cointreau's CFO has warned that it "won't be a cheap year" for eau de vie as a revitalised Cognac industry competes for stock.

California-based Jackson Family Wines has purchased a facility in Oregon, with plans to create a wine production unit.


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